Nov 10, 2018: Europe’s victorious Ryder Cup Captain Thomas Bjørn, reigning Race to Dubai champion Tommy Fleetwood and rising star Shubhankar Sharma complete a world-class field at the final Hero Challenge of the 2018 European Tour season, held at Atlantis, The Palm, in Dubai on Tuesday, November 13.
The trio join Masters Tournament champion Patrick Reed, two-time Race to Dubai winner and 2016 Open Champion Henrik Stenson, and former World Number One Lee Westwood, who won the inaugural Race to Dubai in 2009, for the latest edition of the innovative shoot-out contest.
Taking place ahead of the season-ending DP World Tour Championship, Dubai, the Hero Challenge will be held at the Championship’s 10th Anniversary Beach Party at Atlantis, The Palm, as the world-famous resort joins the list of iconic global locations to host the event in 2018.
The winner of the final edition of the Hero Challenge of 2018 will be among illustrious company, joining American Matt Kuchar, who triumphed at historic Edinburgh Castle in Scotland’s capital city, and fan favourite Andrew “Beef” Johnston, who lifted the trophy against the stunning backdrop of London’s famous business district Canary Wharf.
Bjørn, who led Team Europe to a 17½ – 10½ victory over the United States at Le Golf National in September, said: “I experienced the Hero Challenge in London recently and I’m looking forward to taking part again in yet another iconic location. It will be a great way to get the 10th anniversary week of the DP World Tour Championship started.”
Fleetwood, who had a memorable Ryder Cup debut in Paris, winning four points our of five, said: “I took part in the Hero Challenge in Dubai last year, at the start of what turned out to be a fantastic week for me. It was a lot of fun, with a competitive edge, and I’m excited to get involved again next week.”
Sharma won his first two European Tour titles this season as he established himself as Indian golf’s latest star. He said: “I’m making my debut at the DP World Tour Championship this year and the Hero Challenge will be a great way to start an exciting week. My first experience of the Hero Challenge was at Edinburgh Castle and it will be very cool to tee it up in another world-famous venue.”
This year marks the 10th anniversary of the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai, the season-ending event on the Race to Dubai and the eighth and final Rolex Series tournament of 2018. The Rolex Series is the premium category of tournaments on the European Tour’s Race to Dubai, each with a minimum prize fund of US $7million.
Some of the world’s best golfers will tee it up on the Earth Course at Jumeriah Golf Estates from November 15-18, including current Race to Dubai leader and 2018 Open Champion Francesco Molinari, 2017 Race to Dubai winner Tommy Fleetwood, three-time Race to Dubai champion Rory McIlroy and defending DP World Tour Championship winner Jon Rahm.